Capture Your Thoughts and Keep Them Private

Writing about your observations matters because it's not easy to keep all the new information sorted out unless you can step back and look at it from time to time. If you keep it all in your head, you're likely to miss things, forget things, and be unable to discern patterns easily.

You are not likely to sit down and write all this down at once. The strategies provided here can be implemented from the get-go, but you will benefit from treating your work as a process to be completed over time. Trying to write everything down at once won't be as effective.

This is easiest for those who like to write, but can also be done by those who don't.

​If you do enjoy writing, consider if a journal, a computer or online document is going to work best for you. Keep in mind that online writing may provide the benefit of password protection.

If writing isn't for you, consider using voice memos, the notes function on your phone, or a small notebook that can tuck into your purse or pocket. Jot ideas and observations down. Full sentences are not necessary. Even one word will do as long as you know what you mean. Put a headline on the top of a page and make a list of the items that fall under that heading as you go along. For instance, you can have a note with the header of "Positive Feedback" and, over the course of time, you can jot your ideas down.


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